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Our environmental practices make pandemics like the coronavirus more likely The story we tell about pandemics casts us as victims of nature. It’s the other way around. By Sigal Samuel  Mar 31, 2020, 8:50am EDT “When you cut down the forest where bats live, they don’t just go away,” explains Sonia Shah. “They come roost in the trees in your backyard.” Universal Images Group via Getty   President Trump likes to refer to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus,” and in so doing he’s popularizing an image of the pandemic as a foreign invasion. He’s not the only one. Although we are (hopefully)...

These recommendations were developed in collaboration with the American Veterinary Medical Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program, The Association of Shelter Veterinarians, University of California-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 One Health Team. The intent of these recommendations is to facilitate preparedness and establish practices that can help people and companion animals stay safe and healthy. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. States may have their...

AVMA just posted a webinar, “COVID-19: What veterinarians need to know,” that addresses many of the questions we've been receiving. In the webinar, which we recorded late this afternoon, Drs. Gail Golab and Kent McClure cover the latest guidance on COVID-19 and details on the current status of the federal stimulus packages. The webinar is provided through AVMA Axon and available to all at no charge. Specifically the webinar discusses: Best practices to help veterinarians, team members, and practices protect ourselves, our colleagues, and our clients while delivering needed patient care Practical...

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) - pdf version - CARES-Act-March-26-Update As expected, the CARES Act cleared the Senate by a vote of 96-0 just before midnight on March 25. The House appears positioned to pass the bill on Friday, March 26. President Trump has indicated he will sign the legislation. AVMA continues to work through the details of the bill and will post a summary of the final bill on the website after enactment. Notably, the CARES Act represents the most significant stimulus package in our nation's history. It...

Visit the AVMA COVID-19 page for guidance on: - https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19 Keeping Veterinary Teams Healthy Caring for Veterinary Patients and Interactions with Clients Use of Personal Protective Equipment Use Telemedicine to Help Care for Veterinary Patients Potential Supply Chain Impacts Business Considerations ...

GOVERNOR LITTLE'S STATEWIDE STAY HOME ORDER - VETERINARY SERVICES LISTED AS ESSENTIAL statewide-stay-home-order_032520 IdahoEssentialServices Guidance-for-Gov-Brad-Littles-Statewide-Stay-Home-Order At 1:30 pm yesterday, Governor Little issued a statewide stay-home order and signed an extreme emergency declaration. On the attached Guidelines Poster, you will see that "veterinary services" are listed under Essential Facilities. Around 5:00 the actual order outlining details of essential and non-essential services was released. The Order to Self-Isolate (See attachment) Section 8 Definitions and Exemptions subsection b states:  For the purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain services at any "Healthcare Operations" including hospitals,...

Survey - We are working with Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) to determine the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the veterinary community. Our goal is to determine how long veterinary hospitals can practice under current conditions based on the PPE supplies on hand in hospitals.  We also wish to inform how veterinary medical associations advocate for veterinary medicine in governmental discussions about PPE distribution. The survey closes at midnight on Wednesday, March 25. Please submit only one response per practice HERE.   AVMA Guidelines for use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic when...

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